Survivors

Today’s new releases seem to be focused on those that have survived whether its artistic longevity, tenacity or just plain stubbornness.

The first album to be featured is by Ivy.  This is their first new record in six years.  They’ve been around since 1994.  Ivy features a married couple (New Yorker, Adam Chase and Parisian,  Dominique Durand) and a member of Fountains of Wayne (Adam Schlesinger).  Like most bands that have been around for a while, they were once on a major label, got dropped and have been on an independent label for 10 years running.   They had a bit of bad luck when the recording studio they created was destroyed in an arson fire along with all their recording equipment in 2000.  They’ve still managed to put out some great electronic pop records.  You might remember that they also did the soundtrack score for the movie “Shallow Hal“.  The first single from the new album All Hours is called “Fascinated“.  I highly recommend this record.

Some bands will never die (The Rolling Stones) and some bands do (Eurythymics) and some artist need to recharge their batteries after a stall in their career.  The super group is a concept that will continue to give an artist another outlet to blow off some steam because their more successful band didn’t like their material.  I already blogged about Super Heavy featuring Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart and Joss Stone.  You can give it a listen but I think this project will  be as memorable as the Mick Jagger movie Freejack.

Last, but not certainly not least is 85-year-old Tony Bennett’s Duets II record.  Tony’s first number one came out 60 (!?!) years ago entitled “Because Of You“.  This album is getting attention because it contains a duet with Amy Winehouse.  This was Amy’s last recording session before her untimely death at 27.  Proceeds from this recording will go to the Amy Winehouse Foundation.  “The Amy Winehouse Foundation is being set up in Amy’s memory to support charitable activities in both the UK and abroad that provide help, support or care for young people, especially those who are in need by reason of ill health, disability, ?nancial disadvantage or addiction. ”

Click on the photo to see the video of Body and Soul; a song of survival.

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